Former Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young are keen to back up Anaheim into Saturday’s $A1.5 million Gr.1 VRC Derby.
So with just eight-days before the race that stops a nation there are 32 horses left vying for a spot in the $6.2million Emirates Melbourne Cup field of 24.
While most of the leading contenders have taken a traditional route to the Victoria Derby, two hopefuls from the John Sargent stable have been on a less orthodox path.
Chautauqua heads to the paddock with a light autumn preparation aimed at a three-peat of the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
Hong Kong Jockey Club premiership winning jockey Zac Purton will be back aboard Sacred Elixir in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Hartnell’s second to champion mare Winx in the Cox Plate last Saturday is a great form line in the lead up to the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 1 according to trainer John O’Shea.
Trainer Danielle Cunningham and apprentice jockey Carla Dougherty will be out to repeat their most important win together with Aimalac Millie at Grafton on Tuesday.
Champion mare Winx will not race again this spring after her trainer Chris Waller and owners decided to send her for a spell rather than chase a 14th consecutive win in the lucrative $2million Emirates Stakes over 2000m at Flemington on November 5.
There are just 32 horses remaining in contention for a start in Australia’s biggest race, the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup, following close of second acceptances on Monday.
Champion jockey Damien Oliver has failed in his attempt to have a reckless riding charge downgraded to careless and is now likely to miss Australia’s greatest race day at Flemington on Saturday.
Group One-winning sprinter Terravista has easily won a barrier trial at Hawkesbury.
Lightweight Hong Kong-based jockey Chad Schofield will reunite with the Lindsay Park stable when he rides Seaburge in the Group One Cantala Stakes at Flemington.
Chris Waller says he and the owners of dual Cox Plate champion Winx will make a call later in the week on whether the mighty mare continues her spring preparation in the $2million Emirates Stakes (2000m) on the final day of the Flemington carnival.
Hartnell was no match for Winx in the Cox Plate, but he is still available at 2016 Melbourne Cup odds of $4.60 and remains on top of the market for ‘the race that stops a nation’ at Flemington on November 1.